Local Weekend Box Office Report – Logan slices his way to the top, while the Kandasamys shine

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Snikt! That’s usually the (improbable sounding) sound effect used in comic books to denote X-Men favourite Wolverine popping his adamantium claws. Lately though, it’s taken on a different meaning: it’s the sound of money. In a turn of events that should surprise nobody, the final Wolverine movie Logan has debuted at the top of the South African box office chart.

What should be surprising however, is that Hugh Jackman’s and Patrick Stewarts’ swan song as their respective X-Men characters is actually not the success I would have expected it to be. The film debuted with R4.9 million, which is not a terrible start. But in comparison, that’s only half of what Fifty Shades Darker made when  it debuted last month, and even in its second week that movie still made more money from less cinemas. Hell, even xXx: Return of Xander Cage made over R7 million! So South Africa, we need to have words. Go see this movie, damn it.

That wasn’t the end of the newcomer surprises though, but at least in the case of Keeping Up With the Kandasamys, the surprise was about exceeding expectations. The local family comedy about two rival Indian families in Durban which has members of each falling in love together, made a remarkable R1.59 million on its 3rd place opening. What’s most impressive about this figure is that the movie only showed on 29 screens (as opposed to Logan’s 115 or Fifty Shades Darker’s 92) giving it a massive R61 438 average per cinema. That is really incredible. To put that in comparison, Jackie also opened this weekend past on only 20 screens, but it only managed just a bit more than R300 000.

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Meanwhile, the other newcomer Rock Dog, shows once again that local moviegoers don’t always agree with their international counterparts. The new animated pic has been a massive dud with critics and audiences alike overseas, but locally it had a decent-ish opener with a fifth place worthy R1 million.

Lets see what the rest of the South African box office chart looks like:

No.Movie Name Weekend gross Percentage change Local gross Last Week's Position
1Logan R4.96 million NA  R4.96 million NE
2Fifty Shades Darker R1.9 million -42.7%  R28.77 million 1st
3Keeping Up With the Kandasamys R1.59 million NA  R1.59 million NE
4The Great Wall R1.08 million -50.7% R7.59 million  2nd
5Rock Dog R1.07 million NA  R1.07 million NE
6Fist Fight R689 832 -24.3% R1.95 million 5th
7The Lego Batman Movie R666 734 -60.7% R7.13 million  7th
8xXx: Return of Xander Cage R655 309 -49.6% R21.72 million  4th
9Hidden Figures R519 459 -25.9% R1.58 million 7th
10A Dog's Purpose R426 911 -40.2% R1.32 million 6th
(NA = Not Applicable, NE = New Entry)

Last Updated: March 15, 2017

  • No accounting for taste!

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      Although if you think about it, that chart is accounting for taste.

  • Fox1 – Retro

    Where’s the CH review of Keeping up with the Kandasamy’s? :p

    • I would have written one, but I actually couldn’t make it to the press screening

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